Library Corner November 23rd
Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet to wed Elisabeth Herter, a widow who seeks a marriage - in name only - to a man who can help raise her three children. Anton seeks something too - atonement for failing to protect his young students from the wrath of the Nazis. But neither he nor Elisabeth expects their lives to be shaken once again by the inescapable rumble of war. As Anton struggles to adapt to the roles of husband and father, he learns of the Red Orchestra, an underground network of resisters plotting to assassinate Hitler. Despite Elisabeth's reservations, Anton joins this army of shadows. But when the SS discovers his schemes, Anton will embark on a final act of defiance that may cost him his life - even if it means saying goodbye to the family he has come to love more than he ever believed possible. The Ragged Edge Of Night, by Olivia Hawker, Emotionally charged and beautifully written this novel shows that life can move forward and unexpected love can triumph, even when it strikes the most unlikely people during brutal years of conflict. This book is based on a true, making it all the more fascinating.
A stunning standalone thriller from Peter May, called I’ll Keep You Safe, that alternates between the glamorous fashion world of Paris and the rugged beauty of the Isle of Harris. When a killer strikes a pair of fabric entrepreneurs, is the motive money or something far more personal? Friends since childhood, and lovers and business partners as adults, Niamh and Ruairidh are owners of a small company that weaves its own very special version of Harris Tweed--a niche brand in the world of fashion and haute couture. But the threads of their relationship are beginning to fray. When Niamh accuses Ruairidh of having an affair with Irina, a Russian fashion designer they work with, Ruairidh storms off and gets into Irina's car. Moments later, Niamh watches in horror as the car explodes in a ball of flame.
With Niamh a prime suspect in the murder, she begins to suspect that things are not what they seem; and when there is an attempt on her life, she becomes convinced that what looked like a terrorist attack on her lover might be something more personal by far . . .
Though the Great War has ended, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland in this novel called A Forgotten Place, by Charles Todd. The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, and the Welsh patients worry her. She does her best to help them, but it's clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits. When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn't - take their lives.Their officer, Captain Williams, writes to describe their despair, and his own at trying to save his men. Bess feels compelled to look into their situation, but the Army and the clinic can do nothing. Requesting leave, she quietly travels to Wales, and that bleak coal mining village, but she is too late. Captain Williams' sister tells Bess he has left the valley. Bess is afraid he intends to kill himself. She follows him to an isolated, storm-battered peninsula - a harsh and forgotten place where secrets and death go hand in hand. Deserted by her frightened driver, Bess is stranded among strangers suspicious of outsiders. She quickly discovers these villagers are hiding something, and she's learned too much to be allowed to leave. What's more, no one in England knows where she is.
When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. When long-buried secrets resurface, Ellen realizes she may not know Sasha - or what she's capable of - at all. 2005: 17-year-old Ellen falls under the spell of glamorous newcomer Sasha. As Ellen is welcomed into Sasha's family, she doesn't see the darkness that lies beneath their musical, bohemian lifestyle. At a New Year's Eve party, events come to a dramatic head, resulting in a court case (in which Ellen is a key witness) that means family life at the Corner House will never be the same again. 2018: Now 30, Ellen and Sasha are still entwined in each other's lives and sharing a flat in London. When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. She has gone missing like this before, and the police won't take it seriously, but long-buried events in their shared past mean Ellen has good reason to be frightened - not only for Sasha, but also for herself. Finding out the truth about what really happened on New Year's Eve 12 years ago puts Ellen in terrible danger and forces her to confront not only the past, but how well she really knows her best friend. Laura Marshall skips back and forth in time in her novel called Three Little Lies building unrelenting tension in this utterly riveting psychological thriller.
New Non Fiction
In 2011, Catherine Oxenberg went to a Nxivm Seminar with her oldest daughter, India, then twenty, was a novice entrepreneur on the verge of starting her own company. But what began as a simple mother-daughter bonding activity quickly turned into a mother’s worst nightmare. In Captive, Catherine shares her harrowing personal experience and the lengths that a mother will go to save her child and bring Nxivm and its sinister organization down. Featuring the horrifying stories of members who have escaped, she draws back the curtain on Nxivm’s reprehensible activities and how they lured their victims in.